Events

February 25, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Simone Cerreia Vioglio Assistant Professor, Department of Decision Sciences - Bocconi University
Location: PCPSE Room 100
Description:

We consider a general model of non-Bayesian social learning. A network of agents observe signals about an underlying fundamental parameter. At each period, every agent solves a non-parametric estimation problem using her previous information and the most recent estimates of her neighbors. Agents are uncertain about the distribution of signals as well as the exact network structure and therefore appeal to a robust estimation procedure. We first characterize the functional properties of the resulting robust opinion aggregators. These aggregators admit the linear DeGroot model as a particular parametric specification. However, robust opinion aggregators allow for several economically relevant patterns ruled out by the linear model. For instance, agents can feature dislike (or attraction) for extreme opinions, confirmatory bias, as well as discard information obtained from sources perceived as redundant. We then show that under this general model it is still possible to link the long-run behavior of the opinions (e.g. convergence, speed of learning and consensus) to the structure of the underlying network. In particular, we provide sufficient conditions for convergence, consensus and for bounds on the speed of convergence. Finally, we study the Wisdom of the Crowd (Golub and Jackson, 2010) in our environment.

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February 26, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Reuben Miller Assistant Professor in the School of Social Service Administration - University of Chicago
Penn Sociology Colloquium Series | Location: McNeil 150
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February 27, 2020 12:00 PM
Sarun Chan Executive Director - Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia
Asian America Across the Disciplines Speaker Series | Location: Cohen 392
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February 28, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:20 PM
Maria Polyakova Assistant Professor - Center for Health Policy at Stanford University School of Medicine
LDI Research Seminar | Location: Colonial Penn Center Auditorium
Description:

Maria Polyakova, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Health Research and Policy at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Her work investigates questions surrounding the role of government in the design and financing of health insurance systems. She is interested in how public subsidies affect health insurance markets, what characterizes efficient public or private health insurance contracts, whether innovative health insurance contract design that mimics the behavior of experts could improve population health, how the structure of health insurance systems may affect the degree of inequality in health outcomes, as well as in how individuals make decisions about their health insurance plans, and the role of insurance in determining the structure of provider labor markets.

This event is free and open to the public, but please register.

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February 28, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Asad Haider Assistant Professor of Philosophy - New School of Social Research
CAPITALISM / SOCIALISM / DEMOCRACY | Location: College Hall 209
Description:

Free and open to the public / LUNCH PROVIDED

Read excerpts from Prof. Haider's book, Mistaken Identity, here.

In his 2018 BOOK, Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump (Verso), ASAD HAIDER argues that contemporary identity politics, rather than bolstering the grassroots struggle against racism, help to neutralize movements against racial oppression by abstracting people’s “identity” from their material relationship with society and the state. In his Capitalism/Socialism/Democracy talk, he brings class back in, anchoring the relationship between race and class to a materialist analysis of capitalism, on one side, and a theory of emancipatory politics on the other. From this vantage point, and drawing on traditions that include the Combahee River Collective, he explores critiques of racial ideology and new conceptions of universal emancipation.

 

ASAD HAIDER is visiting assistant professor of philosophy at the New School of Social Research and a founding editor of Viewpoint Magazine.

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March 2, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Cross-National Variation in Mothers’ Weekday and Weekend Child Care & Housework Time
Liana Sayer Director of the Maryland Time Use Laboratory and Professor of Sociology - University of Maryland
PSC Spring 2020 Colloquium Series | Location: McNeil 395
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March 3, 2020 8:30 AM - March 5, 2020 4:00 PM
Peter Srouji Senior Research Manager - Innovations for Poverty Action
Location: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Description:

From March 3-5, IPA Philippines and Australia National University (ANU) will co-host three introductory impact evaluation workshops in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The workshops will aim to inform audiences from Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (on March 3); international organizations, NGOs and think tanks (on March 4); and Papua New Guinea government officials (on March 5). The overall objective of these workshops is to introduce impact evaluation processes and methods, with a focus on randomized evaluations, encouraging increased use of rigorous evidence in development policy-making and programming in Papua New Guinea. Speakers for all three workshops will include Peter Srouji and Yuna Liang (IPA), Farah Amalia (J-PAL), and Chris Hoy (ANU).

Times and locations for each day of the workshops are listed below:
Tuesday, 3 March 2020 | 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Australian High Commission, Godwit Road, Waigani NCD, Port Moresby

Wednesday, 4 March 2020 | 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Economic Governance and Inclusive Growth Partnership, Level 1, Ravalian Haus, Harbour City, Port Moresby

Thursday, 5 March 2020 | 8.:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Internal Revenue Commission, Level 11, Revenue Haus, Champion Parade, Port Moresby

To register interest in attending, please submit this form by February 12. For more information, contact Luke McKenzie at luke.mckenzie@anu.edu.au.

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March 4, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Douglas Guilbeault Ph.D. Candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication - University of Pennsylvania
Penn Sociology Colloquium Series | Location: McNeil 150
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March 5, 2020 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Supported Decision-Making for Older Adults: What it is and why it matters to Pennsylvanians
Nina Kohn David M. Levy Professor of Law and Faculty Director of Online Education - Syracuse University
IOA Visiting Scholars Series Event | Location: Jordan Medical Education Center (JMEC), Seminar Room 513 EW
Description:

Supported decision-making is a model of decision making in which an adult with diminished capacity enters into an agreement with a closely trusted person or persons to support him or her in exercising self-determination. Nationally, there is growing recognition that supported decision-making is a viable—and indeed a clinically, legally, and ethically preferable—alternative to guardianship.

Now, there is growing interest in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in supported decision-making for older adults with cognitive impairment. How can this work in practice? The overarching purpose of this conference is to gain diverse perspectives on how to implement supported decision making in Pennsylvania.

Lectures and Panel
11:30 - 3:45 PM
(Keynote Lecture with Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00 PM)

Jordan Medical Education Center (JMEC)
Seminar Room 516 EW
3400 Civic Center Blvd., Phila., PA 19104
University of Pennsylvania

Networking Reception
3:45 - 5:00 PM
JMEC Lobby area, 1st Floor

Speakers & Panelists:

Nina Kohn, JD
Emily Largent, JD, PhD, RN
Hon. Lois Murphy
Karen Buck, JD
Jason Karlawish, MD
Charlie Sabatino, JD
and more!

Lunch will be provided.

Register online.

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March 5, 2020 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Alessandra Voena Professor in Economics and the College - The University of Chicago
Empirical Micro Seminar | Location: PCPSE Room 100
Description:

Please sign up here.

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March 16, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED
Judith Levine Associate Professor - Temple University
PSC Spring 2020 Colloquium Series | Location: McNeil 395
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March 23, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED
Cameron Campbell Professor - Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
PSC Spring 2020 Colloquium Series | Location: McNeil 395
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March 24, 2020 - March 25, 2020
Location: Natcher Conference Center, Building 45 Bethesda, MD
National Institute on Aging
Description:

The goal of the Summit is to bring together individuals with a variety of backgrounds to identify evidence-based programs, strategies, approaches, and other research that can be used to improve the care, services, and supports of persons with dementia and their caregivers. This Summit followed the example of previous Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias (ADRD) summits organized primarily by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), respectively. Each summit produces research recommendations that reflect critical scientific priorities for research. The primary anticipated outcome of the 2020 summit is to elicit recommendations for research priorities to inform federal agencies, foundations, and private sector organizations.

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March 30, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED
James Raymo Professor of Sociology - Princeton University
PSC Spring 2020 Colloquium Series | Location: McNeil 395
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April 6, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED
Elizabeth Fussell Associate Professor of Population Studies and Environmental Studies - Brown University
PSC Spring 2020 Colloquium Series | Location: McNeil 395
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April 10, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dennis Culhane Dana and Andrew Stone Professor of Social Policy, School of Social Policy & Practice - University of Pennsylvania
Location: ONLINE
Description:

While COVID-19 affects all communities, the pandemic may have a disparate impact on socioeconomically distressed populations. The health and economic effects on poor and under-resourced areas is likely to be severe and long-lasting. What can we do to meet the needs of vulnerable communities during this crisis? What existing resources can we repurpose, and what new ones are needed to contain the spread of the coronavirus in these areas? During a national movement calling on people to “stay home” and distance socially, what can we do to protect and serve people who are homeless? How can we tap into the sources of strength and resilience in these communities during the coming economic recession? Join us for a virtual seminar featuring three LDI Senior Fellows who have devoted their careers to serving vulnerable communities through research, policy, and practice. We’ll hear about the magnitude of the problems and explore the contours of the solutions.

This virtual seminar is open to the public. Please see instructions on how to join below.

TO JOIN, PLEASE SELECT FROM THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:

From desktop
a) Open web browser (Chrome and Firefox are preferred)
b) Visit this link: primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/dwebugak

From mobile device
a) Open this link: primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/dwebugak
b) Download the Bluejeans app, if you don't already have it.
c) Enter event ID: dwebugak

From telephone
Dial one of the following numbers, enter the participant PIN followed by #:
+1 (415) 466-7000 (US) ---> PIN 7918080 #
+1 (760) 699-0393 (US) ---> PIN 9386152874 #

From laptop paired with room system​
a) Dial: bjn.vc or 199.48.152.152 in the room system.
b) Go to primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/dwebugak/room-system/
c) Enter the pairing code displayed on your room system screen into your browser.

From room system
a) Dial: bjn.vc or 199.48.152.152 in the room system.
b) Enter Meeting ID: 259793403 and Passcode: 0309

Joining from outside the US?
a) Open web browser
b) Visit this link: primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/dwebugak

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April 13, 2020 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Titles TBD
Titles TBD PhD Candidates - University of Pennsylvania
PSC Spring 2020 Colloquium Series | Location: McNeil 395
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April 13, 2020 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS CANCELLED
PAA Practice Talks - University of Pennsylvania, Population Studies
PSC Spring 2020 Colloquium Series | Location: McNeil 395
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April 15, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Fatih Umit Cetin Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science - University of Massachusetts Amherst
Grad Workshop | Location: This event is now ONLINE.
Description:

Free and open to the public / LUNCH PROVIDED

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April 17, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Atheendar Venkataramani Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy - University of Pennsylvania
Location: ONLINE
Description:

As a country, we are facing two unprecedented disasters: a pandemic the likes of which we have not seen in over a century, and projections for an economic downturn and unemployment that will rival the Great Depression. Please join LDI for a virtual seminar with Atheendar Venkataramani, MD, PhD, who will discuss the current economic crisis and its long-term health consequences. What do history and research tell us about what happens to health during an economic recession? How might this time be different, when economic activity has been halted by fears of social interaction rather than slowed by typical economic forces? And how will this affect low-income people, who were already experiencing worsening mortality and rising “deaths of despair”? Rachel Werner, LDI Executive Director, will moderate the discussion and take questions from the audience.

This virtual seminar is open to the public.

TO JOIN, PLEASE SELECT FROM THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:

From desktop
a) Open web browser (Chrome and Firefox are preferred)
b) Visit this link: primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/kztrdeyg

From mobile device
a) Open this link: primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/kztrdeyg
b) Download the Bluejeans app, if you don't already have it.
c) Enter event ID: kztrdeyg

From telephone
Dial one of the following numbers, enter the participant PIN followed by #:
+1 (415) 466-7000 (US) -->  PIN 8580452 #
+1 (760) 699-0393 (US) --> PIN 5543828021 #

From laptop paired with room system​
a) Dial: bjn.vc or 199.48.152.152 in the room system.
b) Go to primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/kztrdeyg/room-system/
c) Enter the pairing code displayed on your room system screen into your browser.

From room system
a) Dial: bjn.vc or 199.48.152.152 in the room system.
b) Enter Meeting ID: 223255630 and Passcode: 8806

Joining from outside the US?
a) Open web browser
b) Visit this link: bluejeans.com/numbers/primetime-attendees/event?id=kztrdeyg

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